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Macross SF Challenge Game LD

SF Challenge Game. The rarest Laserdisc I’ve come (M)across.

Macross. Beloved anime of literally trillions of people the world over. Who would have thought that Shoji Kawamori’s sci-fi epic created in 1982 would go on to spawn 857 jillion film and television sequels, spin-offs, universes, lunchboxes, novelty slippers, earbuds and Hannukah menorahs?

Yet amongst all that tat (most of which I made up), there lies a true oddity. An oddity that is actually quite rare to find today. An oddity I was very lucky to stumble on purely by accident. That oddity, is the Macross SF Challenge Game (超時空要塞マクロス SFチャレンジゲーム).

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Limited Edition Video Games

You, me and our love affair with limited edition tat.

Posted on March 18, 2017

Rotund chubmeister Martin Roberts

“Did you have a good time?” burbles the baritone host of BBC’s Bargain Hunt, Tim Wonnacott, “Yeah!” scream the contestants, “Well done. Enjoy your £5 profit then.”

“Alice has dreamed of owning a set of copper saucepans her entire life. Hopefully by clearing out her gaf that’s full of useless tat to gullible profiteers, who we hope are just stupid enough to make a few bids, we can fulfill Alice’s dream” wails a delightfully shrill, shit-eating Alistair Appleton on daytime TV treat Cash In The Attic.

“Neil and Jason have done great with this condemned 1 bedroom studio in Lewisham. Bought for just £15,000 at auction, we’re delighted with our guidance they’ve made a whopping £150,000 profit!” squeals rotund chubmeister Martin Roberts on lunchtime favourite Homes Under The Hammer.

Profitatting

I’m hoping you are sensing a recurring theme here. We’re in the age of profitatting (a word I just made up). An age of buying up any old video game shit and flogging it off to the highest bidder. A practice that’s as old as time itself within many trade circles, but something relatively new to the world of video games. Let me have a go at explaining what, precisely, I mean by this.

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dennou club boot logo july 1991

Private View: 月刊電脳倶楽部 (Gekkan Dennō Club)

Posted on June 25, 2015

月刊電脳倶楽部 (Gekkan Dennō Club), or in English, ‘Monthly Cyber Club‘ was a magazine for the X68000 computer that featured cover-mounted floppy disks and was published by 満開製作所 (Mankai Seisakujo). This was the same publishing house that had brought the title Oh! X (another magazine that featured a cover-mounted disk and precursor to Monthly Cyber Club) to the X6800 computer. The disks would feature a variety of material spanning both reader submissions and material gathered from the public domain, or PDD, Public Domain Document as abbreviated on the disks. Content would range from text files to FM music to CG artwork and more.

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